Thursday, 16 February 2012

Getting comfy in Jersey

This week I have been on the lookout for comfy, soft clothing, because I don't really wear casual clothing like jeans or tracksuits, but I love the stretch knit dresses from Built By Wendy's Sew U: Stretch Book. I got this fabric last week at the Clegs sale (I tried to get to the Fabric Store for their sale, but they close at 4pm on Saturdays, and we got there right on 4.01pm) in the city. Usually I don't buy new fabric (yep, you've heard it all before) but I really wanted grey soft jersey and this high quality fabric was only $9 a metre, and I forgot to look what it was originally, but I think at least $20. (Still in shock that something is over $10 a metre in price).

I had attempted to get to Tessuti to see you Nikki, but didn't finish work in time for your closing time. Clegs had to do.

Nevertheless, this trackie dackie dress was zipped up (with help of the overlocker) in 1 hour and 30 minutes, and now so comfy and baggy to wear when I feel like relaxing. It's slightly bigger around my neckline that I'd anticipated, but still wearable. I made the McCalls's 12 (with the 34 bust - as I still have some Christmas Pudding around there) but it's a little big in sizing. I forget that my shoulders are slightly smaller than normal patterns as well.

I've decide to keep some of my dresses a bit longer than usual (the blue stripey dress I made for Laneway was cut across my calves, and it's so lovely to wear) just for something different... I like having some extra fabric around in the hot weather, instead of my usual cropped for summer (and showing off my pins) look. A little more sophisticated perhaps?

Sophisticated in soft jersey? What a contradiction! Well, my Saturday trakkie dack outfit is sorted nonetheless!

And to get back to my FACTS ala Sew Weekly style:

The Facts

Fabric: Jersey, new! 1/3 used so ~$9
Pattern: McCall's 3057 (with Sew U Stretch Skirt pieces)
Year: 1987
Notions: Nil
Time to complete: 1.5 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~$9

Stop the press guys (LOL): things are exciting for us this week... we've got a special guest star arriving soon... we haven't really been on the lookout, but My Mum found a perfect pet for us to adopt, and I've been sewing madly to make a new .... DOG BED. More news tomorrow! xoxo


  1. I love jersey dresses. I can't wait to see your new dog.

  2. Cute dress!! Still not ready to attempt knits but it's creations like this that make me want to. Yay for the new doggie! Can't wait to hear more!

  3. This dress is fabulous and you look like a million bucks in it!!

  4. your new dresses are glorious! i know what you mean about the length, it's surprisingly fun to have longer options :)

    good luck welcoming the new family member!

  5. That dress is AWESOME, and such a good idea as an alternative for joggers and saggy yoga trousers!

    YAY! New doggie family member! That's so nice, good luck with it! (hope to see photos of the pup soon!)

  6. The dress is fabulous, and I'm excited to see the new furry member of your family!

  7. Yay, new pet! So happy for you guys!

    Love the jersey dress! Nothing beats looking cute AND comfy!

  8. Alovely dress, the shade of grey is very flattering. We two have just adopted a little puppy, Happy 13 weeks old, he was handed into a vets at only 4 weeks old and was hand reared. He sure lives up to his name of Happy. I hope all goes well in your dogs settling in period.


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